Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/10/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Governor Signs Bill Enacting "Prudent Layperson" Standard
•  Maine Public Health Association Awards to Dr. Lani Graham and Others
•  Maine Medical Center Wins $14 Million Grant from AMA
•  Women Officers Highlight 2019 AMA Annual Meeting
•  CVS-Aetna Merger Hearing Concludes
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 11th
•  Firearm Safe Storage Bill Fails in House, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
•  Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
•  Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


CVS-Aetna Merger Hearing Concludes

A federal court hearing on the proposed merger of CVS and Aetna concluded last week with testimony from witnesses favoring the merger and asserting that it does not pose a threat to competition in the healthcare marketplace.


[from AMA Morning Rounds]

Modern Healthcare (6/5, Luthi, Subscription Publication) reports that “witnesses in favor of the CVS-Aetna merger appeared to make headway on Wednesday in convincing a federal judge that at least one concern raised about the $70 billion deal doesn’t pose an anticompetitive threat.” Although “U.S. District Judge Richard Leon still voiced concerns that the merger could bring anticompetitive advantages for CVS Health, he appeared sympathetic to the testimony from company witnesses about the likely effect on insurer WellCare’s Medicare prescription drug business.” Even though “Aetna divested its Medicare Part D business to WellCare to alleviate Justice Department competition concerns...CVS still serves as WellCare’s pharmacy benefit manager and could have an incentive to undermine the insurer because it owns its competitor.” The piece adds that “the AMA in a statement pushed back on ‘attempts to mischaracterize the AMA as a competitor to CVS’s retail health clinics.’”